The strife of Reilly

With €800 million savings to find, there is only so much Minister for Health James Reilly can actually achieve in terms of improving efficiency, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
1st January, 2012
The strife of Reilly
James Reilly, Minister for Health: 'unpalatable decisions' to be taken. Photo: Tony O'Shea

In his first televised interview as Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly insisted that the decision to introduce a prescription charge was not wise policy. Some months earlier, when he was in opposition and the decision to introduce a prescription charge was made by the previous government, he was even more vehement.

"It will be aimed at the most vulnerable, sickest and weakest in our society," Reilly said. "Along with the increase in the drugs...

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